Humbled Pride, the Age of Aggression Abroad

Humbled Pride, the Age of Aggression Abroad

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... infantry, charging with levelled bayonets, fell back staggering from the wall of fire and steel. At last the Mexican column was severed in two, and that portion in front of the American line began to retreat. The van, however, having reached the rear of the Americans, made a bold effort to still secure the day, by attacking the camp at Buena Vista, hoping thus to strike terror to the army of invaders and call it from its position to the defence of its stores. The main body of Americans, however, kept its station, but May, with the Arkansas and Kentucky cavalry, supported by two pieces of artillery, hastened to defend the threatened point. The assailants were soon repulsed and driven to the mountains. May now returned to the left, where the other portion of the enemy's line was still struggling to retire. The Americans, from being the conquered, had now become the conquerors; and were making efiorts, which promised to be successful, to cut ofi the whole column, five thousand strong. The retreating masses, hemmed in among the ravines, presented a fair mark for the artillery, which slaughtered them in heaps. When May, with his victorious troops, came rushing upon them, they abandoned all hope, and would have surrendered at discretion, but that Santa Anna, perceiving their peril, hastened to send a flag of truce to Taylor, who ordered the firing to cease. When Wool, however, who rode forward to inquire the meaning of this message, had partially traversed the distance between the American and Mexican positions, he noticed, to his surprise, that the enemy had not ceased firing, and that the column was availing itself of the parley to retire along the mountain. He saw at once the disingenuous trick of which the Americans had been made...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236817613
  • 9781236817617